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Publisher's Summary

It’s been a long time since Jesse Stone left L.A., and still longer since the tragic injury that ruined his chances for a major league baseball career. When Jesse is invited to a reunion of his old Triple-A team at a hip New York City hotel, he is forced to grapple with his memories and regrets over what might have been.

Jesse left more behind him than unresolved feelings about the play that ended his baseball career. The darkly sensuous Kayla, his former girlfriend and current wife of an old teammate is there in New York, too. As is Kayla’s friend, Dee, an otherworldly beauty with secret regrets of her own. But Jesse’s time at the reunion is cut short when, in Paradise, a young woman is found murdered and her boyfriend, a son of one of the town’s most prominent families, is missing and presumed kidnapped.

Though seemingly coincidental, there is a connection between the reunion and the crimes back in Paradise. As Jesse, Molly, and Suit hunt for the killer and for the missing son, it becomes clear that one of Jesse’s old teammates is intimately involved in the crimes. That there are deadly forces working below the surface and just beyond the edge of their vision. Sometimes, that’s where the danger comes from, and where real evil lurks. Not out in the light - but in your blind spot.

©2014 Reed Farrel Coleman (P)2014 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"I had high hopes for what a writer of Coleman’s skill would bring to the series, and those hopes have not just been met, they have been exceeded. I’m sure I am not going to be the first, or the only, person to declare that he has saved Jesse Stone.... Blind Spot is cause for celebration." (January Magazine)

"A spellbinding mystery...fast-paced, exciting...Coleman writes a potent crime story. Fans and newcomers alike will get hooked and should look forward to the next Jesse Stone book by Reed Coleman." (Crimespree Magazine)

"Blind Spot is everything...this series can and should be." (Bookreporter.com)

What listeners say about Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot

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So GOOD! Great Tribute to Dr. Parker

I was so worried when the estate began announcing various writers picking up Dr. Parker's series. So far, every one has been worthy. This is no exception. It's a bit different than some of the others in that it is longer but that's a bonus here. The best compliment I can think of is that I can't tell someone else wrote it. Naughton is perfect as Jesse and overall and as with Ace Atkins on the Spenser series I am now going to see if Reed Farrel Coleman has a back catalog. If you miss Robert B. This will make you feel better.

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Jesse Stone is Back--Properly

If you could sum up Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot in three words, what would they be?

Just Like Parker

What was one of the most memorable moments of Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot?

When you find out Dee is more than she appears to be.....complete surprise

What does James Naughton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great use of New England accents from Southie to Patrician

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Better than before

Any additional comments?

Far more developed story line and characters by Coleman than Brandman. Brandman's work smacks of Stuart Woods--hurry up and tell the story and pretend it is the same. Look forward to more Jesse from Coleman....as good as Ace Atkins is with Spenser.

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Narrater really saved this one!

The author caught the tone of Parker, but the "love story" element was overdone. Earlier Parker books confined Stone's attachments to more brief coverage. The narration by James Naughton was great, as ever, and made it easier to "hear" Patterson through Patterson's voice, even though Coleman was at the keyboard.

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Beware! Not all is as it first appears.

Would you try another book from Reed Farrel Coleman and Robert B. Parker (Created by) and/or James Naughton?

Reed does not seem to have a grip on the true nature of a Jesse Stone book. I would go so far that the only thing he has captured and reproduced is the character's names. Had I been more observant I would not have purchased this knowing it was not by Parker.

Would you ever listen to anything by Reed Farrel Coleman and Robert B. Parker (Created by) again?

No.

Which character – as performed by James Naughton – was your favorite?

All of the performance was fine, the material is the let down.

Any additional comments?

This is not a Jesse Stone book, so long as you are aware of that you may well enjoy it.

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Maybe they should let Roberts work Be.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Someone who understood the characters. This book took us Jesse back to being the mopy self absorb guy that Robert evolved him from. I don't know if they are trying to reboot the series by pulling Jesse back into his drunken depression about baseball, but it doesn't serve the book well. Secondarily, he took all the other characters in the Jesse Stone series and twisted them. Hate the way he makes Rose out to be a naggy incompetent. Same thing with Suit.

What could Reed Farrel Coleman and Robert B. Parker (Created by) have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Continue the story ark without drastically changing or regressing the main characters. Also can someone tell the author that cops and detectives don't have to be depressed self absorb incessantly brooding men to be tough. It a bad stereotype that is not worthy of Roberts work.

Would you be willing to try another one of James Naughton’s performances?

Don't have much of a problem with the performance. My problem is with the material.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. Roberts work deserves better.

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Quite different from the "movies".

I was very excited to listen to the Jesse Stone series when I found them on Audible. Tom Selleck's "Jesse Stone" was a wonderful strong, silent type. That did not come across here. I realize differences are common between books and movies, but not so much as to make you "dislike" the book's version.
The writing was stilted and predictable as well as dated. Only the female characters were described well, and that was in a limited fashion. The male characters may have had one of two descriptive words used once in a while, but the dearth of adjectives for the men in this was telling.
I had planned to rent ALL the Jesse Stone books here on Audible. This will be the only one.

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Wow!

My favorite Jesse Stone so far.... All the characters we love and lots of additional background on Jesse.

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Robert B Parker? You must be kidding.

What disappointed you about Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot?

Trite writing does not qualify as being "Robert B. Parker"s" Teen age sex for an opening?.... "pert beasts?" Mocha skin past girl friend with "Plush red mouth?" Really? ." "Demons" which have to be "exorcised". Did he say "exercised"? Probably not, but it was either wrong or wearisome. Which can be said about this entire effort.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Out of more than 1200 audio books I rarely comment, but this was poor and mislabeled by using the Parker come-on.

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Best so far. Enjoyed

Enjoyed everything about this book. Narrator, story, Begin to end loved it. Not pleased need have fifteen words to complete review though

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Great book

like all the books in this series good all the way to the end

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  • Neil
  • 09-11-14

The last 30 secs are 'to be continued'

What was most disappointing about Reed Farrel Coleman and Robert B. Parker (Created by) ’s story?

I really enjoy the Jesse Stone novels by Robert B Parker, the new novels by Michael Brandman were written in Parker's style and are also fabulous. Unfortunately Reed Farrel Coleman uses the characters but not in the style of Robert B Parker. This is a big disappointment. This Jesse Stone is not the same Jesse Stone as portrayed in the books by Robert B Parker and Michael Brandman. In addition, the story has some sadistic parts which stick in the memory unpleasantly, something which is absent from the works of Robert B Parker (and from both Michael Brandman and Ace Atkins). Very disappointed.

In addition, this is actually the first novel of a multipart story, the last 30 seconds of the audio recording are the equivalent of the "to be continued ..." screen on a TV show. This is also very different to the Robert B Parker novels which are all self-contained stories.

Have you listened to any of James Naughton’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Nothing wrong with the narrator, in fact, the narration was really good, it's the content that is the problem.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment because the Jesse Stone novels by Robert B Parker and Michael Brandman are very good, and this one is very different, I feel a cheated. I am also a bit upset that this novel leaves unpleasant gruesome images in my memory which I did not want. I liked the previous novels because they are subtle and character-based, psychological thrillers without the need for horrific or gruesome detail descriptions.

Any additional comments?

I just wish that Michael Brandman had continued to write the Jesse Stone sequels.

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  • Mrs W.
  • 02-21-16

Not Up To Parker's Usual Standard

Sadly when the world lost Robert B Parker, his talent died with him. I loved the Jesse Stone stories, but Coleman's interpretation lacks the finesse that we are so used to. Too much sex, too much drinking and sacrilegious to suggest getting rid of the Ozzie Smith picture!

I wouldn't recommend this story, but James Naughton does a good job with narration.

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  • The.Rapscallion
  • 10-16-15

An enjoyable book

Another enjoyable book from the Jesse Stone novels although no longer written by the original unfortunately now deceased author, the current author folliws the well tried successful formula to allow the series to continue. Highly recommended.